ICF Ottawa Book Club – Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy

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Date(s) - Wed, 30 March 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join lCF Ottawa Book Club on March 30th for a conversation about toxic positivity.

Summary Details:

When: March 30, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Moderator: Julie Francisco
Format: Virtual – Zoom meeting format

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/icf-ottawa-book-club-march-30-tickets-293222003907

About the Book:

Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy by Whitney Goodman

Toxic positivity involves dismissing negative emotions and responding to distress with false reassurances rather than empathy. It comes from being uncomfortable with negative emotion. It is often well-intentioned but can cause alienation and a feeling of disconnection.

Every day, we’re bombarded with pressure to be positive. From “good vibes only” and “life is good” memes, to endless advice, to “look on the bright side,” we’re constantly told that the key to happiness is silencing negativity wherever it crops up, in ourselves and in others. Even when faced with illness, loss, breakups, and other challenges, there’s little space for talking about our real feelings—and processing them so that we can feel better and move forward.

But if all this positivity is the answer, why are so many of us anxious, depressed, and burned out?

In this refreshingly honest guide, sought-after therapist Whitney Goodman shares the latest research along with everyday examples and client stories that reveal how damaging toxic positivity is to ourselves and our relationships, and presents simple ways to experience and work through difficult emotions. The result is more authenticity, connection, and growth—and ultimately, a path to showing up as you truly are.

We will look at the language of toxic positivity and reframes for it.

  • Positivity in the workplace and its impact on employees
  • What is the impact of Toxic Positivity on problem solving, creativity and empathy?
  • What is important for coaches to know about Toxic Positivity? For themselves and for their clients’

About the ICF Ottawa Book Club:

Book Club Meetings will be held consistently on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 12 pm EST (except where may be otherwise indicated). Attendance at every meeting is not necessary. You may participate based upon your preference for the book. The intended purpose of this offering is to broaden and deepen our knowledge of current practices in the coaching profession and in the business world. Please register early! If registration is low, or non- existent, for any specific book, we will revisit the selection and float a poll to the membership to select a replacement book.

Please be sure to read at least portions of the book so that meaning, intent and application may be discussed with depth. As with any virtual call, please be prepared to have your video and audio on, with limited distraction. Turn off all notifications. Come in your pajamas! We don’t care about how you look, only the intellectual contribution you bring. Meet our Breakfast and a Book Club Host Lora Lebo, MHRM, PCC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Big Bold Ideas Coaching & Consulting, LLC Dire